Musical Theatre Factory (MTF), under the leadership of founding Artistic Director Shakina Nayfack and Managing Director Danny Abosch, announces its 2015 Winter/Spring season supporting the development of 25 new shows!
The 4-month season features Musial Theatre Factory’s first showcase production, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, a song-cycle, party-game, sleepover-style musical written by Ben Bonnema and workshopped last summer in an MTF development residency. Billed as The Factory’s “big, gay, slumber party,” the show features songs of love gone wrong, lust gone right, and that nagging fear that you will die alone. BOYS WHO TRICKED ME will run Thursday through Saturday nights, from February 5-February 14,
A series of Musical Theatre Factory development residencies, each culminating with a public showing of new material, incudes NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT (January 26, Book and Lyrics by Benjamin Halstead, Music by Nikko Benson), SHADES OF WAYNE (January 26, Words by Christopher Staskel, Music by Lisa Whitson Burns), A STRANGE LOOP (March 1, Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael R Jackson), THE GREENWOOD TREE (March 9, Music and Concept by Will Reynolds, Text by William Shakespeare,), LYSISTRATA, THE VAUDEVILLE (March 23, Translation by Ranjit Bolt, Adaptation by Mary Jo Duprey, Music by Jeremy Mann), JUNK: A ROCK OPERA (April 6, Music and Lyrics by Brainpool, Book and Additional Lyrics by Shakina Nayfack), 5TH REPUBLIC (April 13, Music & Lyrics by Dana Levinson, Book by Stacey Weingarten, Additional Story/Direction by Donna Drake) and ECHO (April 27, Book, Music, and Lyrics by Anna Jacobs).
Musical Theatre Factory’s innovative 4×15 program selects four new musicals monthly and offers each writing team a cast, creative staff, and five hours of rehearsal space to stage fifteen-minute excerpts of their shows. The selections are presented together in one evening before a panel of industry guests and a public audience. i 4×15 – Round 7 (January 18) includes RENT A WHITE GUY (Book, Music, and Lyrics by Anna Grace Carter), LOOK (Music and Lyrics by Andrew J. Hanley, Book by Jessica Bedford), THE SEVERED HAND OF NEVERLAND (Book, Music, and Lyrics by Erik Ransom), and ONE NIGHT IN NEW YORK !(Book, Music, and Lyrics by Eric Tipler). 4×15 – Round 8 (February 18) includes NEWTONS CRADLE (Music and Lyrics by Heath Saunders, Book by Kim Saunders), VOX POP (Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Davila), GUMBO (Book and Lyrics by Christina Quintana, Music by Brett Macias), and OPEN ROAD (Book, Music, and Lyrics by David J. Berg). 4×15 – Round 9 (March 15) includes PLAYING WITH MATCHES (Music by Salomon Lerner, Book and Lyrics by Laura Kleinbaum), DEPLOYED (Book, Music, and Lyrics by Natalie Lovejoy), THE AWAKENING (Music by Teresa Lotz, Book and Lyrics by Sarah Rebell), and THE DAGUERREOTYPE (Music by Sooyeon Lee, Book and Lyrics by EllaRose Chary). 4×15 – Round 10 (April 19) includes CROSSING BORDERS (Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke, Book and Lyrics by Ty Defoe), TRIVØYA GOLD (Music by Scotty Arnold, Book and Lyrics by Alana Jacoby), DRELLA (Music by Micah Joel, Book and Lyrics by Laura Lancaster), and WAIT! (Music by Sujin Kim, Book and Lyrics by Daphny Maman.
Factory Salons, where new and established musical theatre writers are invited to share previously unheard songs, will be offered on January 13, with guest host Andrew Lippa, February 26, with guest host Shaina Taub, March 26, with guest host Adam Gwon, and April 16, with guest host Joel Waggoner.
Musical Theatre Factory is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping musical theatre artists develop and present new work in a collaborative environment free from the pressures of critical or commercial success. The Factory is located at 250 W. 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, on the 4th floor, in New York, NY. For more information or to get involved with Musical Theatre Factory as a volunteer, please visit www.mtf.nyc or call 347-871-4615.